We already know that Vegas is the Wedding Capital of the World, but how did it come to deserve this illustrious title? Ease of access, price, versatility, attractions and activities ... basically everything you could ever want for a destination wedding. It’s the only city where anyone can find their dream wedding. So, when it comes to tying the knot, Las Vegas is clearly No. 1 for a reason. Well, actually, several reasons!
FIRST THING’S FIRST: LOGISTICS
Before you can lose yourself in nuptial bliss, you need to get here! Harry Reid International Airport has direct flights to over 150 U.S. cities and is extremely close (approximately 15 minutes) to most hotels and major attractions. So, if you’re a last-minute packer or just want to relish in the Vegas atmosphere a little longer, the proximity means you’ll have plenty of time before you head home. But if you miss your flight, no worries, there’s still tons left to do!
Talking dollars, Vegas has price points that range from affordable to opulent. Cost-effective round-trip airfare is available throughout the year! That’s not bad, considering you can use those savings for fun things to do in the city.
OPTIONS FOR EVERY COUPLE
From chapels to unique venues and luxury locations, there’s a place to say “I do” for every couple in Las Vegas.
Getting hitched at a chapel in Vegas is not only an inexpensive option – it’s also a classic one! A Little White Wedding Chapel is a historic landmark, and in the annals of wedding history, this place is major. Since it first opened, celebrities from Judy Garland to Michael Jordan have tied the knot in this very spot. Even celebrity power couple, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, tied the knot during a midnight ceremony. To celebrate, they jumped into the venue’s iconic Cadillac and snapped a few photos. So, get ready to drive off into a neon-dipped sunset with your freshly ringed-up beloved in a bright pink Cadillac. (Yes, it actually has one!)
If you’re feeling a little more alternative and less white chapel, check out the Las Vegas Arts District. This area shows off every color in the rainbow with its artistic displays ranging from crisp geographic murals to graffiti streetscapes. With incredible downtown vibes and backdrops, be prepared for amazing wedding photos.
What about outdoorsy but not urban? Well, the open desert sky is just a half-hour away. Plenty of outdoor options are available in the destination — just picture you and your partner standing side by side, reciting your vows with the stunning Red Rock Canyon surrounding you. Simply gorgeous! Plus, the before and after wedding activities are wild! From helicopter tours to zip lines, Las Vegas can satisfy even the most adventurous couples.
The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the most prestigious hotels in the world, so even if you’re sure you want a classic, grand wedding, you still have amazing options for opulent venues. Maybe you’re feeling magical at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino or playful at Paris Las Vegas — on Las Vegas Boulevard, you can have the biggest ballroom wedding moments in about 20 different hotels with varying price points. Plus, it means you can dance the night away and be an elevator ride away from your newlywed room.
For a completely unique option, there’s always the stunning Keep Memory Alive Event Center! This unique wonder is a landmark of artistry, having been designed by the world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and featuring a 75-foot ceiling with 199 windows — no two of which are the same size or shape. There’s truly no other place in the world like this, let alone one so centrally located to so many Las Vegas attractions!
GREAT FOR GUESTS
The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas areas are chock-full of different pre- and post-wedding activities. There are so many nearby options for restaurants, attractions, museums, spas, lounges. The list could go on! Consider your bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon activities taken care of.
The best part? All of this and more is within walking distance. You and your guests can walk to most of the major Vegas hot spots within about 30 minutes; well, maybe 40 in heels. Here are some spots that are perfect to suggest to your guests.
Fabulous production shows are put on nightly in The Entertainment Capital of the World. Your guests can take in the mesmerizing beauty of the world’s most famous modern circus troupe — be it the classic acrobatics of Mystére by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island — TI Hotel & Casino or the epic storytelling and martial arts of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
For something more zany and out-of-the-box, we suggest the fun-loving Absinthe at Caesars Palace or Atomic Saloon Show at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. For a backstage glimpse of the show, check out the video from VEGAS ON below!
In between wedding revelry, your invitees can see the sights that have been photographed for decades and captured in countless Hollywood blockbuster movies. From the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, to the beautiful floral displays at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Resort & Casino, your guests are sure to enjoy exploring the destination and all that it offers.
With dancing and fabulous cocktails, weddings are inherently fun. Your guests can continue that merriment with several attractions throughout Las Vegas. The destination offers opportunities to drive sports cars at SPEEDVEGAS, feel the thrill of skydiving at Vegas Indoor Skydiving, and party it up poolside at Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas. And, as Las Vegas is The Greatest Arena on Earth™, there’s always a chance to catch a game at Allegiant Stadium, T-Mobile Arena, or Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Your wedding menu will no doubt be top-notch in Las Vegas — and the destination also allows your guests to dine just as decadently throughout their stays. From unique spots like the towering Top of the World at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, to celebrity chef-helmed restaurants like Jean-Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Resort & Casino, and Amalfi by Bobby Flay at Caesars Palace, your guests will have a delectable time enjoying Las Vegas’ world-class dining scene. Get the inside scoop on all things Amalfi from VEGAS ON below!
So, no matter what kind of wedding you want or what’s going on before or after, Las Vegas has it all and then some.